May 06, 2014 03:02 PM

What Is Alibaba Worth? That Depends on Tencent

As Alibaba files for its initial public offering (IPO) in the United States, analysts everywhere are engaged in a great game of valuation prediction. What is Alibaba really worth?

We have seen every technique cited – from cash flow projections and comparables to synthetics pricing and grey market trading. Thus far the low-end of predictions have put Alibaba at US$ 80 billion to US$ 100 billion. The majority of estimates are in the US$150 billion range. And a few analysts are making headlines with predictions of US$ 250 billion and above.

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